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Launched in June 2012, Frame and Reference is a Contemporary Visual Arts Network South East initiative. The Contemporary Visual Arts Network (formerly Turning Point Network) is a consortium of 11 coordinated regional groups of contemporary visual arts professionals across the nine English regions. Its mission is to strengthen and develop the contemporary visual arts sector in England through collegiate working defined locally and nationally, using the network as a platform to do so.Follow its work at @cvanetwork

Taking the work of 18 of the leading arts organisations and venues as its inspiration, Frame and Reference explores common themes in the art produced and exhibited by this network, strengthening the shared experience of their audience.


In an era in which networks offer potential for both resilience and new ways of working, Frame and Reference is particularly interested in collaborative work between arts organisations and institutions.


We publish criticism, interviews, news and reviews. If you have a suggestion for work you’d like to see included in Frame and Reference email




Frame and Reference acknowledges the generous support of Arts Council South East and is particularly grateful to Stephanie Allen for her continued support.


Project management: Sally Ann Lycett and Stewart Drew, The De La Warr Pavilion and Amanda King, Project Manager CVAN South East
Steering Group: Jamie Wyld:  Lighthouse, Mathew Cross: MKG, Lawrence Hill:Fabrica, Sally Ann Lycett : De La Warr Pavilion
Frame and Reference website developed by Sherlock - Oliver Moss and Tony Lock
Editor: Miranda Gavin


Frame and Reference acknowledges the critical role of the late Alan Haydon (1949- 2011), director of the De La Warr Pavilion in shaping this project.